Bed space in Holistic Retreat Centre
Bed space in Holistic Retreat Centre
5 guests
1 bedroom
5 beds
1 bath
5 guests
1 bedroom
5 beds
1 bath
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Bed in a 5 bed male or female shared dormitory in Holistic Centre adjacent to our house. We also have private bedrooms (please see our other listings). Located in a rural environment, The centre is designed to create a tranquil peaceful setting and is ideal for personal retreat. For this reason there is no TV, radio etc.

Wi-Fi internet access is provided via a mobile broadband connection.
Serviced laundry provided on-site (€5 a wash, €2.50 Tumble Dry).

The space

OPAL is in the heart of a rural part of Ireland, a small village called Donamon, which is approximately 14km outside of Roscommon Town. This makes it a great location for a peaceful and relaxed stay, whilst enabling guests easy access to the town centre. We are also a short drive from a number of great places to visit. Surrounded by countryside and scenic views, the area is steeped in history. Donamon Castle (only a short walk from OPAL) is one of the oldest inhabited castles in Europe, built in the 12th century and now home to the Divine Word Mission. You are welcome to wander around the grounds free of charge. The River Suck is also located nearby and is a great place to picnic or go fishing.

Guest access

OPAL offers a tranquil setting where you can escape from the distractions of modern day life. Our aim is to provide a peaceful and quiet environment, suitable for relaxation and retreat. For this reason there are no TV's, radios etc. You have use of all of the facilities including a comfortable relaxation lounge area, kitchenette with microwave oven, fridge, toaster & kettle and dining area. There is a wide selection of self-help, well-being and motivational books available from our library.

Interaction with guests

We are happy to interact with guests but equally respect your privacy. One of us are normally around and we will provide you with a mobile phone number, should you need to contact us and we are not on site.

Other things to note

This accommodation is let on a 'self catering' basis. You are welcome to use all of the facilities and we ask that you place any rubbish in the bins provided (recycling & general waste). The main communal space is heated by a stove that burns wood & coal which can be purchased locally (or we can provide at an additional cost).

Wireless Internet
Indoor fireplace

Extra people $27 NZD / night after the first guest
Weekly Discount: 10%
Weekend Price $29 NZD / night
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Sleeping arrangements
Bedroom 1
1 single bed, 2 bunk beds

House Rules
No smoking
Not suitable for pets
No parties or events
Not safe or suitable for children (0-12 years)
Check in is anytime after 4PM
Check out by 11AM


Safety features
Smoke detector
Carbon monoxide detector

On Fridays and Saturdays the minimum stay is 1 night.

5 Reviews

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Bairbre User Profile
October 2017
This place is awesome, quiet and peaceful and so is Ray. Super nice. A perfect and cosy place to chill. Would definitely stay again
Ray User ProfileRay is a superhost.
Response from Ray:
Thanks for your kind and lovely review Bairbre. It was great.meeting you and thanks for choosing to stay here
October 2017

Lauren User Profile
September 2017
This is a beautiful area and you can have authentic Irish experiences. Ray and Bob, however, in the weeks I visited, were not at all interested in showing the typical Irish warmth and helpfulness. For instance, the internet connection is very spotty. When we would knock on the door to let him know the wifi was down (at 8pm) they got angry for the interruption. When Ray did communicate with us, it was only to tell one of his favorite stories about how stupid people are. I am accustomed to Airbnb hosts being more open to people. Maybe it was a rough time for them.
Ray User ProfileRay is a superhost.
Response from Ray:
This review is untrue and reflects Laurens inappropriate behaviour. I think Lauren is using this review as a way of 'getting her own back' as I needed to ask AirBNB to intervene die to Laurens behaviour. I was available a number of times every day and another one of us was on site in the centre most of the time (9am - 9pm). Despite this she insisted on calling at my home early (7.30am) and in the evenings most days. Laurens behaviour was erratic and increasingly verbally aggressive towards me, my partner and others staying at our holistic centre. Despite repeatedly trying to resolve this, I had to contact AirBNB who mediated in my favour and ended Laurens stay.
September 2017

Valerie User Profile
August 2017
This space is very special and unique, and very accomodating to the traveling guest! The shared space is welcoming, as is Ray. He was a great person to chat with and the work they are doing in this area is really beautiful. I definitely recommend staying here, or doing a work-trade which they offer as well! How wonderful!
Ray User ProfileRay is a superhost.
Response from Ray:
Thank you for your lovely and most kind review Valerie. It is very appreciated. It was an honour to have you stay here and your positive and balanced energy was a blessing to have present at OPAL.
August 2017

Nicolas User Profile
May 2017
I had an excellent stay at Ray's retreat. The place is very calm and perfectly suited for a good night's rest. I especially liked the openness and the inspiring conversation in the morning which came as a bonus. Perfect value for the money.
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Response from Ray:
Thank you for your kind review Nicolas, it is very much appreciated. I thoroughly enjoyed our conversation in the morning and it is an honour and pleasure to have met you.
May 2017

Martina User Profile
May 2017
This hostel is a wonderful experience. We loved it. Will definitely return!
Ray User ProfileRay is a superhost.
Response from Ray:
Thanks for such a lovely review of our holistic centre Martina. It was so nice to meet you and Colm and I really enjoyed our chat
May 2017

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Toberkeagh, IrelandJoined in February 2016
Ray User ProfileRay is a superhost.

I live with my partner in a rural part of Ireland (Donamon near Roscommon town) and also in Yorkshire, England. I travel between Ireland and the UK as part of work. I say 'work' but I feel it is part of a lifestyle choice. I work as a cognitive psychotherapist specialising in Mindfulness. As well as working with individuals, I run events around Ireland & the UK.

Our property in Donamon was the old village dance hall, shop and house. We have converted this into a small holistic centre where people can come on personal retreat or a relaxing break. It is designed as a place of tranquility and calm. This creates a perfect opportunity to escape from the business and stress of modern day life and spend time in just 'Being'. I also run some workshops and events there.

We grow our own fruit & veg and are fortunate to have lovely neighbours who have hens, so we share our produce with each other.

I also create a range of art (painting, sculpting, etc.) and write. I find both very therapeutic to living mindfully and staying connected to the present moment.

One of my other passions is I love to cook (and my partner loves to bake).

I enjoy time in nature and also like to socialise with others.

When I travel, I aim to 'experience the journey' rather than focus on getting to the destination. So, my mode of travel tends not to be hurried or rushed.

As a 'guest' I aim to be respectful of the host and their environment. I am friendly, flexible and quiet.

As a 'host' I want to respect guests personal space and privacy, allowing them the freedom to come and go as they please and enjoy their stay. I am also happy to interact with guests if they wish. My aim is for guests to have a pleasant and enjoyable experience.

I suppose if I tried to sum myself up in one sentance it would be that I aim to 'live in harmony with life, whatever life brings' (although my aim is not always right on target).

Languages: English
Response rate: 100%
Response time: within an hour

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